Md. NAACP to protest at-large voting

September 25, 1994|By From Staff Reports

The Maryland State NAACP has said it will rally Saturday in Snow Hill to protest Worcester County's at-large system of voting -- under which no black county commissioner has ever been elected.

A federal judge ruled in January that the county's at-large system of voting was unlawful, and a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision Friday.

But the appellate court set aside a voting system that the judge had prescribed and told Worcester officials to submit a plan to the court.

The county commissioners said they will seek a rehearing of the case. The November election of commissioners has been postponed.

James Purnell, president of the Worcester County NAACP, said Wednesday that the Eastern Shore jurisdiction had spent more than $450,000 fighting a lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to throw out the system. He said it was time to "put this matter behind us and get on with an election so they can govern the county."

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